As America and its allies spend trillions to stimulate their economies and mitigate consequences of the coronavirus lockdown, Iran and its satellite states have either been begging international organizations for loans or have been simply defaulting on their debt and watching their economies sink.
People wearing protective face masks walking along the side of a street by the Tajrish Bazaar in Iran's capital Tehran on March 12, 2020. (AFP)
A man walks by a huge screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP)
A barber wearing a mask listens to a speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP)
A worker of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA waves an Iranian flag as the Iranian-flagged oil tanker Fortune docks at the El Palito refinery in Puerto Cabello, in the northern state of Carabobo, Venezuela, on May 25, 2020. (AFP)